1970: Movies Sorted By Tier

  • Great

  • The Ballad Of Cable Hogue
  • The Conformist
  • Five Easy Pieces
  • **Five Easy Pieces is the iconic statement about cultural crisis in America; that is what many blow-hard critics would have you believe. The film is too good to be reduced to a cultural stereotype, the fact that it's about angst is a given considering it was made in 1970. That's like pointing out that a lot of war films were made during WWII; "no s**t Sherlock, here's a fiver now go away." The film is actually about a confused angry man caught in a pointless relationship with a needy, imbecilic waitress and feeling the pressures of responsiblity. We soon find out that he was a young man on his way to being a great pianist, who ran away from that life basically because his family (as well as their social circles) were aesthetist bum-holes. Certain scenes are classics in cinema, namely Bobby Dupea (Jack) trying to order a chicken salad sandwich without the chicken salad. It perfectly conveys the underlying misoginy of the main character. Bob Rafelson contentedly stands back letting his actors' virtuoso turns guide the film. He seems to resign himself almost to the position of scene editor. Yet as the film progresses you realize he is constantly reassessing his characters, showing them from different angles, in different situations. Until you feel like you're watching real people on the screen. A brilliant idea that lets the viewer feel like a compatriot with these frayed and flawed characters. Reminiscent of the intense 60's character dramas Five Easy Pieces rebukes any of their attempts at stylism (which tends to obscure focus from the story), you only have 120 minutes of painful realism told with pace and seriously great plotting. The characters make descisions that the viewer sometimes doesn't understand and only later can put into focus if ever. There are no attempts made to explain, you have to make certain decisions. You become part of the film and are constantly weighing each detail in an attempt to decipher meanings and even strategies. This is probably the best realist film of the seventies because it constantly deconstructs the characters and situations with incredible, mezmerising assurance.
  • M*A*S*H
  • Woodstock
  • Very Good

  • The Aristocats
  • Brewster McCloud
  • Gimme Shelter
  • Patton
  • The Railway Children
  • Three Sisters
  • **A fine adaptation of the Chekov play shot in the foot by an incredibly boring beginning (about 30 minutes). I turned it off at the 25 minute mark cus I couldn't take the boredom anymore. The next day I took to the chair and dared myself to watch the rest thinking "there must be some reason people like this film, I must find out." After the 30 minute mark a spark seems to be lit under the entire cast. The story gets rolling and all facets seem to congial. Almost making up for that incredibly boring first 30. Warning to watchers, this is basically a filmed play, the acting's the thing here. If you like visually marvelous film, don't look here. Plus, if that's not enough for you, it's also about subtle acting and copious amounts of dialogue. You've been warned.
  • Tristana
  • Good

  • Beyond The Valley Of The Dolls
  • Chariots Of The Gods?
  • Hi, Mom!
  • Kelly's Heroes
  • Kes
  • Little Big Man
  • Lovers And Other Strangers
  • The Out-Of-Towners
  • Two Mules For Sister Sara
  • Zatoichi Vs. Yojimbo
  • **An Entertaining dissapointment that left me wondering how a samurai flick could have this much babbling and so little hacking and slashing. If you've ever seen a Zatoichi film then the plot will come as little suprise, planning on finding happiness the big Zat stumbles upon a town infested with corruption. The real suprise comes in the form of the endearingly funny performance by Toshiro Mifune as the socially awkward, impetuous Yojimbo. The scenes where our two mighty swordsmen interact are immaculate deconstruction of samurai movies in which the characters are neither suave or sly, merely being a deadly variation of bumbling criminals. The reason this movie doesn't live up to it's potential could be summed up by vaguely quoting "Fubar": "Turn down the talk, turn up the chop."
  • Guilty Pleasures

  • Count Yorga, Vampire
  • Tell Me That You Love Me, Junie Moon
  • Average

  • Chisum
  • Colossus: The Forbin Project
  • The Great White Hope
  • House Of Dark Shadows
  • I Never Sang For My Father
  • A Man Called Horse
  • The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes
  • Scream And Scream Again
  • Taste The Blood Of Dracula
  • Dissapointing

  • The Cheyenne Social Club
  • The House That Screamed
  • Jane Eyre
  • The Landlord
  • Rio Lobo
  • Ryan's Daughter
  • Scars Of Dracula
  • Scrooge
  • They Call Me MISTER Tibbs!
  • Tropic Of Cancer
  • Cellar Dwellers

  • Gas-s-s-s
  • What Do You Say To A Naked Lady?
  • The Big Stink

  • The Blood On Satan's Claw
  • Love Story
  • Unfortunately Haven’t Seen

  • The Clowns
  • Days And Nights In The Forest
  • The Garden Of THe Finzi-Continis
  • Husbands
  • Investigation Of A Citizen Above Suspicion
  • King: A Film Record
  • Le Boucher
  • Le Cercle Rouge
  • Performance
  • Quackser Fortune (Fun Loving)
  • The Sorrow And The Pity
  • The Spider's Stratagem
  • Start The Revolution Without Me
  • Story Of A Woman
  • There Was A Crooked Man
  • Where's Poppa

In case anyone was wondering, I'll continue on through the sixties in a couple of weeks.



Tell me what you think of Performance when you see it, because most people either love it or hate it, and I always like to know which reaction someone had.

Zip.ca is where I start my new account. It's got many movies I've wanted to see for a long time, including this one. But I should warn you Children Of Paradise & Bob Le Flambour are going to be first.



I've heard great things about "Five Easy Pieces" and i have just but it on my dvd internet Queue. in empire magazine it was voted Jack Nicholon's best performance.

what do you like about it? / whats it like?

(any comments-a thx in advance)

Five Easy Pieces...I shall write a review...TODAY.

Can you feel the electricity of anticipation...No?...well neither can I.



That's because my anticipation is powered by horses, not electricity.

Note to self: Buy carrots to temp Jim. :?)


My horses are sated. I love it when the delivery matches the anticipation. Great review.

Woof, so am I...this horse powered anticipation thing has got me on edge. :?)



i've seen five easy pieces now, loved it. the scene where he starts playing the piano on the truck, is great and the scene in the dinner about the toast :) classic jack.

glad to hear you liked it...so what's next?



well.. HERE'S a few i have in mind..:)

But as you can tell i've got along way to go..doh!

Not too trouble you but are there any that aren't on my list that you can suggest i see?

I'll think about it, but for right now that looks like a fine list. I vote for Casablanca being the next.



Stooky, have you seen Takeshi Kitano's Zatoichi yet? I'd be very curious to hear your thoughts!

It's funny you should ask, because I just watched it, and you can surely get my thoughts (and extensive babbling to boot) but you'll have to wait till morning. Unless you're asleep, which would mean you'll be in the right place at the right time. :?)


I can't hold my breath much longer!

breath, sir, breath, it's in 2004.


I'm so happy you liked it so much (I put it on the same tier, but in 2003)! Great review, and thanks, I was starting to turn blue. :-)

I loved it for much the same reasons as you did, great minds think alike I guess. :?D

I wasn't sure what year to put it in, Much like "Hero" from 2002. These American releases of older foreign films is just getting confusing.


Yeah, I just use the IMDb year for simplicity's sake rather than for any idealogical reasons.